Sunday, July 25, 2010

Steampunk Party Food

The gears have been turning, trying to come up with as many ideas as possible for a child's airship pirate/steampunk birthday party. This week my thoughts went to food, beyond the cake or cupcakes.

If I had a little girl who wanted a steampunk party, I would go with a tea party. I really like the idea of going around to all the area thrift stores and buying pretty teacup and saucer sets, so each guest has a unique teacup that is theirs to take home after the party.

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I wouldn't do that for a boy's party, though. Despite a long standing family joke about DH and Blaze having MANLY tea parties, I don't think that would go over well with the other little boys around here.

I think we need to stick to gears, airships, and pirates, with maybe a little "mad scientist" thrown in.

DH bought me a new set of candy molds from eBay, which have a transportation theme, and include a zeppelin. So, more fuel for my party planning obsession.

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I tried out the candy molds last night, as treats while Blaze and I were watching the DVD of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and they came out beautifully.

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Even though the molds are not built for making lollypops, I was still able to make one.

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I also tested out a theory that I'd been wondering about for awhile. I put melted chocolate in a frosting bag and used it to trace the gear designs on the covering sheet of plastic from the stencil set I purchased from Michael's several months ago.
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That also worked well, although this heat is not the friend of chocolate. Almost as soon as I removed my creations from the refrigerator, they would start melting. Hopefully, that will no longer be a problem by the time the actual birthday happens.

Other food treats that I will probably be using are Cheese Gears, a variation on the cheese cracker recipe I posted here several months ago

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and the chocolate covered marshmallow top hats with goggles:

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Gear Shaped Pasta Salad


1-pound box of Piccolini, mini wheels shaped pasta

3-ounces of julienne cut, smoked sun dried tomatoes

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 small red onion, chopped (optional)

Parmesan cheese, to taste

Dressing:

1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste


Here is the snack mix I plan to serve. I have a plastic top hat that I picked up for under $2 at the Party shop, that I'm going to use as a serving bowl.
Nuts and Bolts Snack Mix

Green drinks and steampunk seem to go together, so here is a recipe for a child-friendly green drink:

Lime Milk Punch


For additional recipe ideas, there is a free online steampunk cookbook that can be found here:
Fuel for the Boiler

9 comments:

Sandra said...

I would think that tea sandwiches could be made manly enough. And they are very yummy.

vvb32 reads said...

so creative and cool. nothing like steampunk food!

h. said...

LOVE all your Steampunk creations! I tried to find the transportation mold you showed a pic of - I contacted the company and they no longer make that design and there has been no luck on eBay either! If you are interested in selling it to me, please contact me at: diana@bookbill.com

Crescent Moon said...

I'm sorry. I really get a lot of use out of these molds and don't want to sell them. They were just a very lucky find.

Jonathan Fudge said...

The hats with goggles out of marshmallows are my favorite!
I'm going to tell my blogger to add this link into our steampunk page too! I think it's a great addition.
http://yteevents.com/steampunk-party-ideas/

Aubrey said...

What did you make the goggles on the hats out of, Smarties?

Crescent Moon said...

Yes. They are Smarties outlined with gold glitter cookie decorating gel.

Bard Judith said...

'Rockets' (those tangy circles of sugar that you always get around this time of year) would also work very well for the goggles, as you get a lot more of the lighter colours and they have natural rims on them.

More steampunk food ideas: process cheese slices take cookie cutters really well, as do lean ham and chicken lunch meats. How about Ritz crackers topped with cutout cheese gears? Or ham 'washers' (a mini circle cutout of a larger stamp)?

Bits & Bites as a snack mix, served in a metal colander?

Build-your-Own Fruit Robot, with toothpicks, firm berries, green grapes and pineapple/melon/apple cubes on a pear body?

Flatbreads, pitas, tortillas or other circular breadstuffs, and give them each a can of squirtable cheese to create designs? (yes, I'm evil. But they'd still be talking about it next year!)

Pierce hotdog chunks with uncooked spaghetti, then boil. Presto, weird octopi/squid edibles!

Crescent Moon said...

I've done the thing with the hotdogs and spaghetti. My son liked it, my husband...not so much.

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